Movies like Portraits of a Killer

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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An attorney takes the lawyer/client relationship too seriously. She ends up falling for her client, a very charming photographer who has been charged with a multiple murder. She wants to believe he is innocent but she cannot deny her suspicions.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crimes, serial killer, strong sexual content, investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, fall in love, legal, danger, couples, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, deadly, dedicated lawyer, woman in danger, power relations, police detective, courtroom drama, prostitute, lawyer, hotel, photographer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to Portraits of a Killer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and danger mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Portraits of a Killer: Mistrial (1996), Twist of Fate (1998), Woman of Desire (1994), When Justice Fails (1999), A Twist of Faith (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.7
 548
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, law enforcement, murder, injustice, crimes, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, false accusation, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.5
 313
Twist of Fate (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beautiful attorney's hunt for a serial killer is frustrated by his accomplice's twisted scheme to keep the killer free at all costs
Style: realistic, scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, danger, twins, courtroom drama, mind game, legal, psychopath, crimes, who done it, stalking, woman in danger, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Woman of Desire (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A yacht captain, Jack Lynch, is accused of murdering his boss and raping the victim's wife, Christina Ford. Nothing is how it first appears. Jack seeks the help of veteran attorney Walter J. Hill to help prove his innocence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, erotic, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, courtroom drama, twins, dishonesty, false accusation, legal investigation, who done it, investigation, frame up, resort ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
When Justice Fails (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, sexual
Plot: murder, gays and lesbians, dangerous attraction, crime, romance, mystery, mute or deaf, fall in love, crimes, danger, obsession, track down ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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A Twist of Faith (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is one of those investigating the murder of Roman Catholic Father Martin, who was crucified in his own church.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, scary, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, church, crime, who done it, riddles and clues, dangerous attraction, crimes, reluctant partners, mystery, life is a bitch, obsession ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crime, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, computers and web, heroes, political conspiracy, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, prison ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious
Plot: witnessing a crime, crimes, mystery, couple relations, danger, woman in danger, chase, murder, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 4.3
 340
Fatal Instinct (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A homicide detective (Michael Madsen) falls for a resort owner (Laura Johnson) suspected of slaying a playboy developer.
Style: erotic, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, neo noir, power relations, femme fatale, crimes, dangerous attraction, fall in love, sexual relations, crime, mystery, danger, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 6.3
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, psychological, rough ...
Plot: courtroom, blood, capital punishment, shot to death, courtroom drama, rivalry, chase, gory, death in the family, law enforcement, deadly, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: gloomy, sexy, sexual, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: murder, legal, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, couples, mind game, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, danger, serial killer, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: mind bending, psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, small town life, small town, obsession, legal, infidelity, power relations, investigation, voyeurism, femme fatale, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 4.9
 382
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, protagonist as suspect, army investigation, life is a bitch, crime, lone wolves, partners against crime, uncover truth, who done it, reluctant partners, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
To Protect and Serve (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop becomes the chief suspect in the killing of some of his crooked cohorts.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: vigilantism, rivalry, good versus evil, survival, police corruption, vengeance, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, partners, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Double Jeopardy (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend in self-defense and Jack witnesses the whole thing. Lisa ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: femme fatale, investigation, murder, betrayal, legal investigation, manipulations, love and romance, dedicated lawyer, legal, dishonesty, courtroom drama, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 4.3
 228
Facade (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It should have been a simple murder. But a botched job, an old flame, and too many loose ends can spell just one thing for businessman Colin Wentworth: chaos!
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, hitman, vengeance, crime, rivalry, dishonesty, deadly, danger, hotel, infidelity, woman in danger, clergy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.4
 280
Unveiled (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Using the natural beauty and mystique of Marrakech, Morocco as a backdrop, Stephanie uses herself as bait to discover the sadistic murderer of her childhood friend. C.I.A. agents Peter Masters and Jeremy Avery lead her on an erotic and intriguing ...
Style: realistic, psychological, rough, serious, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, buddies, law enforcement, deadly, rivalry, crimes, special agents, intrigue, danger, woman in danger, bait, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.4
 342
Perfect Prey (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former Texas Ranger is recruited by a Houston police captain to assist a homicide detective in the search for an elusive serial killer who collects antique dolls.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: serial killer, crime, woman in danger, danger, deadly, law enforcement, criminal psychologist, rivalry, police investigation, police detective, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Dead in the Water (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose ...
Style: serious, mind bending, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, love triangle, investigation, false accusation, legal, rivalry, courtroom drama, crime gone awry, dishonesty, couples, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Illegal in Blue (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A cop taking personal leave after he witnesses money stolen from the police property room becomes involved with a beautiful singer who may have killed her husband.
Style: sexy, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dangerous attraction, who done it, fall in love, uncover truth, police corruption, police investigation, femme fatale, murder, workplace situations, crimes, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Body of Evidence (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sizzingly sexy Madonna leads a star-filled cast in this erotic thriller as a woman accused of killing a wealthy, elderly man through her insatiable sexual prowess.
Style: erotic, suspenseful, serious, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, crime, seduction, infidelity, femme fatale, sex, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, power relations, legal investigation, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.1
 204
Probable Cause (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A series of cop murders plagues the city. The remaining officers on the force are increasingly worried as the deaths increase with no leads. As the department's finest must solve the case before the killer strikes again.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, sexual harassment, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, crimes, crime, murder, investigation, police detective, sleepwalking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.1
 653
Dead Awake (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An insomniac (Stephen Baldwin) who walks the streets at night witnesses a murder which triggers a strange chain of events.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: insomnia, murder, law enforcement, missing person, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, witnessing a crime, crimes, protagonist as suspect, amateur detective, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A gangster who has commited all kinds of crimes is accused to have killed his wife. As he was not the murderer in this case Perry Mason intents to find the killer...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, mind bending
Plot: murder, courtroom, gangsters, uncover truth, crimes, courtroom drama, investigation, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, dedicated lawyer, mystery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.7
 510
Escape Clause (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man finds out that his wife has paid $10,000 to have him killed. Then both the would-be killer and the wife turn up dead ...
Style: serious, rough, mind bending, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, murder, insurance, deadly, couples, police detective, hitman, danger, dishonesty, law enforcement, mystery, crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Intimate Stranger (1991)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A policeman (James Russo) guards a barroom singer (Deborah Harry) whose phone-sex sideline has put a killer (Tim Thomerson) on her trail.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: prostitute, phone sex, murder, couples, track down, stalking, danger, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Absolute Deception (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband's secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers. When FBI Agent John Nelson’s key informant, Miles, is abducted and shot, all that’s left ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: special agents, uncover truth, investigation, manhunt, undercover, murder, couple relations, chases and races, espionage, journalism, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, hong kong, cuba, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.9
 741
Complicity (2000)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Local journalist, Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have some motives. His brutal murders are also committed on behalf of the underdog. The stories begin to merge ...
Style: serious, bleak, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: journalism, murder, serial killer, crimes, uncover truth, who done it, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, deadly, police investigation, media, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.0
 91
Naked Lie (1989)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: They are the perfect, and politically correct, couple. He is a judge, she is a high profile attorney. When she takes on a sensational murder case, the trail leads right to her own front door.
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, prostitute, love affair, uncover truth, hotshot lawyer, army investigation, crimes, protagonist as suspect, romance, love and romance, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
When the Bough Breaks (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A police detective investigates the apparent serial killing of several children which is linked to an institutionalized, autistic child.
Style: psychological, serious, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, missing person, crimes, mystery, police investigation, investigation, reluctant partners, psychopath, police detective, danger, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.0
 193
Dead Cold (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second honeymoon in an idyllic setting in the mountains. They are snuggly ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: crimes, danger, isolation, life turned upside down, deadly, couple relations, neo noir, snow, murder, carjacking, cabin, gunshot ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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